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8 percent of Android Apps leak private information

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Jul 2011 14:09 User comments (2)

8 percent of Android Apps leak private information Researcher identifies offenders among batch of 10,000 Android applications.
Security researcher Neil Daswani, of security firm Dasient, has revealed that around 8 percent of apps on the Android market are leaking private information. He said that the firm studied the behaviour of 10,000 applications for Android and found 800 of them were leaking data.

Eleven of the applications were found to be sending unwanted SMS messages, while the majority of the rest would connect to servers to send data. Daswani will present the findings of the firm at the Black Hat Conference due to start this weekend in Las Vegas.

Because of its growing usage, Android is becoming a target of malware authors. Google is trying to keep up and has removed many suspicious applications from the Android market in the past.

While Apple extensively probes applications before it approves them for addition to the App Store, Android applications are not subject to the same level of regulation, which is seen mostly as a good thing but also comes with the side effect of malware.

In the case of Android apps leaking personal data, the vast majority of them can be avoided if users read the permission requirements of the applications.

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2 user comments

128.7.2011 17:16

I suppose the Apple folks get to laugh at the Android folks now...

Another chapter in the never ending story of "As The World Turns"...


230.7.2011 19:04

Not really, if all people gotta do is read the permission requirements.

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